The Week That Were: 09.21.13

Written September 23rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Monday’s menagerie of thoughts and wonderings on Saturday’s shenanigans comes with music. It was an “ugly” weekend, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make a silk purse out of it all.

Before we dive into the scores, it’s important to remember how trivial college athletics is in the big picture of things. Unfortunately, this is only brought home when we remember the frailty of life, and there were three chances for reflection this weekend.

Ohio State started with a tribute to Columbus Newscaster Dom Tiberi’s daughter Maria, who lost her life in a traffic accident this week.

UCLA followed suit later on Saturday with a 10 man play from scrimmage to honor wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who was killed in a traffic event last week.

And sadly, we found out on Sunday that Cincinnati freshman Ben Flick died after yet another motor vehicle incident.

Again, football is fun… but it ain’t life.

Mid-season Form

Mid-season Form

Let’s stay in the Buckeye State with a reminder of the awesomeness that Ohio State unleashed on Saturday. Sure, it was an undermatched opponent, but that doesn’t mean that the game was insignificant for those that played in it. And, while this was the best block of the week by FAR, the game was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Ohio State did allow ten runs and have two errors in the victory.

PS- I didn’t know that Pam Oliver was a Cal grad. At least TBDBITL seems to think so and responded to criticism in a different way than Charles did earlier.

Ken will be by later to respond to those pundits who seem to have issues with Ohio State’s 76 point victory, but I’ll add only this- I sure don’t hear any bitching about Baylor or Louisville or Miami doing the same on Saturday, and when Oregon did it earlier in the year against an FCS program, they jumped Ohio State in the polls.

You know who doesn’t have a problem with playing until the final gun? The Pirate Cap’n… that’s who.

As you can see up there in the right corner, Coach Kelly and the Irish are celebrating another win in the very friendly confines of South Bend. And by “very friendly”, I mean the kind of affectionate that allows a receiver to climb over the back of a defender and still benefit from the pass interference call. The “Sparty NO!” moment might have happened as soon as Michigan State left the locker room; it’s certainly an uphill battle when you’re playing 11 on 16. Read More

The Week That Were: 9.7.13

Written September 9th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Given the rain delay in the BYU /UT game this week and the deluge of rushing that befell the Longhorns after kickoff, there’s only one option for this week’s soundtrack.

See, this is why there should be no polls before the first weekend in October.

Hook’em

Once again, we see a number of teams that got votes due to their “name recognition” shown up early in the season, and others who are rising to the occasion still find themselves with a long way to go until November.

Cases in point: Texas, Notre Dame, Florida, and Southern Cal; all of whom lost on the same Saturday for the first time since September 11, 1976.

For the Longhorns, it’s been a slide into mediocrity for a while now. I’m not sure that people really understand the significance of the Mack Brown era… As the flagship school in of the top three recruiting hotbeds in the country, Brown’s teams have historically underwhelmed with the exception of two “lightening in a bottle” moments- Vince Young and Colt McCoy. Outside of their leadership behind center, the program has struggled; and it can be argued that some of this is due to poor coaching (see the Major Applewhite -vs- Chris Sims debacle) or poor recruiting (Texas recruited the last two Heisman winners as defensive backs, and didn’t reach out to Jamies Winston- this year’s new hotness).

While those things may be true, Mack seems to think that the issue is defense; as evidenced by the 550 yards rushing that they gave up to BYU on Saturday, the majority of which happened in the first three quarters. In response, Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz was fired on Sunday. Before you get excited, Austinites- his replacement is none other than Greg “GERG” Robinson, who’s amazing Michigan defenses gave up over 100 points in two games against Illinois.  I’m sure he’ll get the team motivated to return to the lofty status that UT should assume.

But you’ve also got to think that this is merely shuffling chairs on the Titanic- when your team plays so poorly that Shaggy Bevo’s servers go down as they did on Sunday, then you’ve got yourself a problem. Read More

The Week That Were: 8.31.13

Written September 2nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

For those unfamiliar with this feature, consider it your cheat sheet for the conversations around the grill on Labor Day. As always, these come with a melodic interlude to play gently in the background during your perusal… because you’re that important to me.

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It was the best of times, it was the… well… best of times. Football was played, plays were made, and the long summer doldrums finally came to an end.

Sawkaralyna got us started off in style, scoring on the third play of their first possession and kicking off the annual “Hey, we’re pretty good! Oh, that’s right… we have to play  in the same conference as Alabama/Georgia/Florida/LSU… nevermind.” The only significant storyline to come out of this game, other than the fact that sometimes “new school clothes” aren’t always fashionable, is the fact that ESPN’s love-fest for all things Clowney turned into the predictable hate-fest for the sophomore after he didn’t balance the budget/solve global warming/play like a Heisman candidate. Whatever helps them get their ratings points, right?

Speaking of firsts, the news this offseason was about the new “targeting” rule and it’s potential impact on the game.  Your future trivia answer to “who was the first college player to be ejected under this rule?’ is none other than Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss. Small Ohio State related fact that’s stuck in my brain for some reason- In 1995, the NCAA decided to crack down on “showboating” and OSU’s Terry Glenn was the first person flagged after signaling “First Down” following a catch against Boston College in the Kickoff Classic.  What a cute rule that was…

At any rate, the impact (see what I did there?) of the new rule was certainly felt across the first weekend; Northwestern had a game-winning drive extended after Cal’s best pass rusher was flagged for “targeting” on a tackle in the end zone, Texas A&M lost a player for a similar infraction (although, to be honest, it was a really bad call), and Oregon had to go and “one up them” (as always) with this potentially crippling hit against Nicholls State. To be fair to the defender, though, everyone in the stadium was yelling “Duck!” to the Nicholls QB. At least that’s what I think they meant…

Another major story this weekend was the debilitating sanctions that hit Heisman winner Johnny Manziel following the “autograph” scandal. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to sit there on the sidelines for that time, missing the change to be with his teammates and… yeah, in the time it took you to read this sentence, his “suspension” was over. I wish my car had a suspension that cushy…. Read More

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 14

Written August 17th, 2013 by Ken
pittman notre dame fiesta

AP off to the races. A one-horse race, and he was it

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 14, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, 2006, 34-20.

This game matched up Big Game Girth Charlie Weiss against the plodding, we’ll-get-there-eventually Buckeyes under Jim Tressel. Ohio State managed to plod their way to 617 total yards. Quite a bit of that yardage and scoring came via non-plod big plays (Ginn Jr 56 yard TD reception, 68 yard TD run; Holmes 85 yard TD reception; Pittman 60 yard TD run).

For you keeping score at home, that’s four TD’s on 269 yards on four plays. Why mess around with ‘Red Zone’ offense when you can do that?

For your viewing enjoyment: Read More

Silver Bullet Points To Gold

Written August 7th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

While camp is in session over at the WHAC, it’s important to remember that in 1936 another Buckeye was rocking the world this week. By this time that year, Jesse Owens had already won three of his four gold medals in the 100 and 200m, as well as the long jump; the fourth would come on August 8th. So, as excited as we are for the speed that OSU has gained on it’s football team, it’s important to also remember someone who was so talented that he broke another barrier. Today’s soundtrack is a song that was at the top of the charts in both Europe and the United State in 1936 as well… pretty appropriate for August.

Buckeye Bullet: Ohio State Speed

Buckeye 411

  • We’re Talking Practice! Day three in the books, and based on comments from Coach Meyer, it was a pretty good one. He was impressed by the strides that Braxton has taken and where he is with his leadership/communication. He also talked frankly about freshman Dontre Wilson, that he had electric speed and brought something they didn’t have in the past.
  • Line? Up- Taylor Decker seems to be leading the battle for the starting right tackle slot, while Marcus Hall has trimmed down significantly in a move that has helped his mobility/agility- Coach Warriner commented that he needed a belt now.  Corey Linsley is still recovering from off season foot surgery, but there’s no concern regarding his being ready to play in a few weeks.
  • That Being Said- Coach Meyer singled out the line and the linebackers as still being areas of concern, particularly in terms of depth.  When asked what would help get these positions to look more “Ohio State-ish”, he replied “another recruiting class”.
  • Good News! No one was in trouble with the law this week! W00t!
  • In Fact- Carlos Hyde, Marcus Baugh, and Bradly Roby were all part of practice on Tuesday.  No decisions have been made re: Roby, as Meyer stated that he was “still getting information” on the situation.
  • For Kicks- Cameron Johnston is the starting punter, according to Meyer, and has athletic ability to the point where they are able to do some “different things” with the punting game this year.
  • The Downside- As powerful as the offense is expected to be, we might not get to see Johnston or the amazing Bryce Haynes work their magic much this season. Alas.
  • Triumph From Tragedy- News broke on Monday that B1G programs would be recieving “refunds” of sorts, as the Penn State bowl allocation would be split among the rest of the conference due to their sanctions. Ohio State announced that they were donating the amount to child advocacy groups, which is pretty cool, given the circumstances. No word on how other programs are planning on using their allocation.
  • Buckeye Pron- Looking for a schedule wallpaper for the old laptop? Well, this one from Sammy Silverman will do nicely, I think: Read More

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 71

Written June 21st, 2013 by Eric

With 71 days left until the season, it’s time to celebrate a 71 point game. I wonder which we should choose…

Well duh.

Eddie George Notre Dame

By the 1980′s Ohio State and Notre Dame, two of the best historical football programs in the country, had only faced off twice in history. Both of those games, played in 1935 and 1936, went the wrong way in close epic battles. The schools decided in the late 80′s that it was time to play another series. The first game was to be played on September 30th, 1995 in Ohio Stadium, and was eagerly anticipated for years.

The Buckeyes started slowly in front of a record setting crowd of 95,537. Their first three drives stalled and allowed Notre Dame to take a 10-0 lead. Eventually, the Bucks started to gain some traction in the first half and scored on their last two full drives of the half, closing the score to 17-14.

Ohio State took their first lead of the game in the second half on a Rickey Dudley catch following a muffed punt. Coach Cooper then proceeded to feed the Notre Dame defense a steady diet of Eddie George until the final whistle blew on a 45-26 victory.

We again finish off today with one of Vico’s classic Drive Throughs. Enjoy!

Silver Bullet Points Catches Some Rays

Written June 19th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Wednesday! By now, we’ve all found our headbands or just decided that our hair replacement scars aren’t a big deal, and we’re getting ready for the weekend. Here’s a look at all the news that’s fit to distract you from your mid-week responsibilities.  Quick editorial note: SBP will be on hiatus next week, as your humble correspondent has a previous appointment. Here’s a little clue in this week’s soundtrack.

 

Not Just For Oval Beach

Buckeye 411

  • Scheduled Interruption- Welp, we’ve got the first casualty of the 9 game B1G schedule, as Ohio State has backed out of their 2016 game with Central Michigan. This leaves Bowling Green, Tulsa, and Oklahoma in the non-Conference slate; it’s nice to see that the program stayed loyal to their MAC brothers from in-state.
  • Gardening- It’s not yet been officially announced, but it looks like the Ohio State/Notre Dame hoops game this coming year will be played in Madison Square Garden. Nice to have the BTN presence in the Big Apple, now ain’t it?
  • Kids These Days- With Coach Meyer’s philosophy and the national trend to “offer” everyone under the sun, it’s getting more and more challenging to follow recruiting full time. In many ways, that’s one of the reasons that we’ve been remiss in delving into the topic: also, there are lots of experts who do this professionally, and we’d rather defer to them. That being said, there are some interesting potential Buckeyes on campus this weekend, and it seems as if the staff is working diligently to identify kids early.  A couple of folks outside of the 2014 class to keep an eye on would include this guy and also this one… who hasn’t even played a down of high school football yet.
  • Nice Gig, If You Can Get It- Say what you will about Gene Smith (go on… we’ll wait), but the man makes friends in interesting places. For instance, Tuesday it was announced that he’ll be part of a larger group of Athletic Directors that will be providing guidance to the NCAA… because what The Association needs is more bureaucracy and committee meetings.  Interestingly enough, Smith will be joined by Maryland’s Kevin Anderson, making the B1G the only conference to be dually represented. The SEC’s member will be the AD of Kentucky, which I simply find hilarious for numerous reasons.
  • Big Shoe To Fill- With all the talk about new seats in Ohio Stadium, Jeff Svoboda wonders if there will come a time when Buckeye games have reached a tipping point of sorts, and the stadium starts to see some vacancies. It’s a logical question, particularly given the increase in ticket prices and the fact that most of us would rather get drunk and watch the game on our 50″ plasma participate in the livechats from the comfort of our own basements.
  • That Being Said- Sammy Silverman reminds us about the “sacred encounter” that happens on gameday: Read More

Silver Bullet Points Makes Memories

Written May 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Hopefully you’re either recovering from the long weekend or making plans for the next one… as an educational moment, though, be sure to know what you’re doing. As for me, I had a great weekend up above the treeline and enjoying some music that made me remember my college days… so, it’s also your soundtrack.

Memorial Day for the Buckeyes

Buckeye 411

As I studied the statistics from year #1 to year #2 at Meyer’s three previous colleges, I noticed that the rushing offense and scoring offense improved at all three programs.  Outside of those statistics, it’s hard to recognize any trends.

Good news for OSU fans… bad news for the B1G.

  • Sadder News- Former Ohio and Ohio State coach Tom Lichtenberg passed away on Sunday after a fight with cancer. He was 72. A coach under Earl Bruce, one tie he has to the current team is that one of his former graduate assistants is now the head coach. Thoughts and prayers to the Lichtenberg family.
  • Uniformity? Since we didn’t have any major bombshells this Memorial Day Weekend (thank God), it was good to see that Buckeye Nation was all atwitter about the possibility of going full Oregon this fall in terms of costume selection. We know for a fact that there will be a change in the uniforms this year (it’s been a while, and it’s a good time to capitalize on what’s sure to be an epic season by making new jerseys that will sell and make money for everyone but the players have the new staff put their mark on the program), but I’m hoping that we’ll get a little more Eddie and Orlando rather than Phil Knight’s other monstrosities.
  • Some Recruiting News- The Nation’s top quarterback put out his list, and Ohio State is in the final five; Kyle Allen has plans to make it to Columbus this summer. Also, this weekend is the Nike Elite 11 and NFTC Camps, so there will be a number of top tier athletes on campus. They won’t be able to meet with coaches while they are at camp, however… unless they set up unofficial visits, which is what #1 overall 2014 player DaShawn Hand and top 2015 recruit Tim Settle have elected to do. Stay tuned.
  • Troll Tide- Today, the SEC discussed the move to 9 conference games, a decision that would take away some of the cherished home games that SEC fans are packing the stadium to see. Alabama coach Nick Saban seems to be behind the idea, although in his comments regarding SEC strength of schedule was this fantastic gem:

How many (of the SEC’s top 6 programs) would Ohio St have beaten? Would they have won 3? I don’t know.

It’s always nice to know that someone is thinking of you, right?  Anywho, as you can imagine, the response was pretty interesting: Spencer Hall brought his usual crack-analysis (why the UC photo at the top, though?), while other voices brought a bit more reason into the discussion. At any rate, with Coach Meyer talking openly about the Tide and Saban having his mind on the doin’s up in Columbus… this is going to be a hell of a season.

  • “I Wanna Go Back To Ohio State, To Old Columbus Town…” Silverman’s work this week reminds us of yet another reason why: Read More